3D Systems Corporation Displays Emerging Technology at IMTS 2012

In a press release on September 6, 3D Systems Corporation® announced that it will be showcasing its comprehensive 3D content-to-print portfolio at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) this week. The event will be held from September 10 – 15, and the 3D Systems display can be found in the Emerging Technology Center at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Known as the premier manufacturing technology show in the Americas, IMTS exhibits the latest advances in manufacturing, and provides opportunities to meet some of the biggest names in the industry. As a major influence in the rapid prototyping market, 3D Systems will be showing multiple products, including the ProJet 3500 printer that offers high definition precision and durability in the creation of prototypes and models. In addition to the ProJet 3500, the 3D printing corporation will be showcasing its line of ZPrinters, which are the only full color 3D printers on the market to combine a speedy process with an affordable price.

Not only will the additive manufacturing company be displaying its line of 3d printers, but 3D Systems also is hoping to spark an interest in our youth. The corporation’s CAD design and 3D printing tools to both middle and high school students from the Chicago area.

As an authorized reseller of 3D Systems, we are excited to hear this news. We hope that you will also share our excitement in new technology, and encourage those in the Greater Chicago Area to visit the 3D Systems Corp. display in the Emerging Technology Center at McCormick Place.

For more information on 3D System’s role in IMTS Chicago, be sure to read its full press release. Also, if you would like to learn more about 3D Systems products, or 3D printing in general, feel free to contact any of our employees. We always enjoy speaking with others that are interested in engineering technology!

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3D Printed Leaf

It’s been awhile since we last talked about some of the 3D Printed objects that we’ve made at ADC, but we have a great new story for you all. This story should help to shed a little more light on not only the wide variety of objects that can be produced with rapid prototyping, but also the intricate details of the printed object as well.

We started with a leaf that one of our employees took from a tree in front of their home, and took a three dimensional scan of the leaf.  The scan was then imported into a software called Geomagic Studio.  Below are some photos that illustrate the process.

The original leaf that we scanned

Point cloud of the leaf

The final STL file sent from Geomagic Studio

Next, all missing data is filled in appropriately to give the leaf one constant polygonal surface. To finish our process the leaf was then turned into an IGES (Initial Graphics Exchange Specification) Surface to create a solid CAD model. Below are pictures of the final 3D Printed leaf.

Final 3D Printed leaf

Bottom of the printed leaf

Top side of the final printed leaf

When you look at the final 3D printed leaf, we can see the preciseness of the rapid prototyping process. The final product has a rough texture on the top side, a smooth bottom side, and a very flexible body (much like the original leaf!). Knowing this, it’s easy to see that 3D Printing is a very versatile technology. Let us show you how versatile our machines can be! Check out our website for more information, or contact us with your design ideas today.